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Emma Thompson forced to give up Modern Master Award after Oscar snub

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Jan 28, 2014 | 12:09pm EST

Emma Thompson has been robbed of another acting honour just two weeks after missing out on an Oscar nomination - she has been replaced as this year's (14) Modern Master Award recipient at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California. The Brit was slated to pick up the festival's highest honour next month (Feb13), but she won't be able to attend the event due to commitments in London, and so SBIFF bosses have opted to give the award to Oscar nominee Bruce Dern instead. The Nebraska star will now be honoured at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre as part of the festival's 29th year on 8 February. The Modern Master Award is given to an individual who has "enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry". Previous recipients include Ben Affleck, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Peter Jackson, George Clooney and Clint Eastwood. SBIFF's executive director Roger Durling says, "We're deeply humbled and grateful to Bruce Dern for accepting this award. He's not only a Modern Master, he's a hero. Year after year, performance after performance, Bruce Dern has enthralled audiences and with Nebraska he has given us a character for the ages in Woody Grant. It's his time and we're delighted to honour him."

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